Yesterday marked what would have been Prince’s 60th birthday, and to commemorate the milestone, Prince’s estate plans to release an album called “Piano & a Microphone 1983” on September 21st.
Prince recorded the tracks at home in 1983 -- the year before “Purple Rain” made him an international superstar. The nine-track album features him performing solo at the piano and includes an early version of “Purple Rain” and the b-side “17 Days.” “Piano & a Microphone 1983” also includes a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” and the spiritual “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which will be heard over the end credits of Spike Lee’s movie “BlacKkKlansman,” due out in August.
Another album of previously unreleased Prince music said to be from later in his career is expected to be released next year via rapper Jay-Z’sTidal streaming service.
The “Piano & a Microphone 1983” deluxe CD-plus-LP version will include a booklet with new liner notes written by Prince’s then-engineer Don Batts, as well as never-before-seen photos of Prince. Fans who preorder “Piano & a Microphone 1983” as a digital download will receive an Instant Grat download of “Mary Don’t You Weep.”